Well Known Baking Ingredient can Fight Inflammation, Study Suggests

Dec 28, 2020 08:56 PM EST | By Josh Summers (staff@foodworldnews.com)

Well Known Baking Ingredient can Fight Inflammation, Study Suggests
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A general view of atmosphere at a special beauty tips and tricks sharing event hosted by Lo Bosworth and ARM & HAMMER Baking Soda at Paintbox Salon on February 26, 2015 in New York City.

When we think about inflammation various ingredients from the kitchen come to minds such as ginger, turmeric, and other fruits and vegetables. Who might have expected that a baking ingredient for making your favorite pastry rise or look puffy, can induce inflammation in your body? 

The versatility of the compound is used for cooking sweets, and even for cleaning certain parts of your humble home. 

According to The Spruce Eats, Baking soda is 100 percent bicarbonate of soda and is the prime ingredient in baking powder. However, the website stresses that baking powder and baking soda are not interchangeable in any recipe. 

Knowing the primary use f the ingredient, it is blissful to discover that this leavening agent can also be effective against inflammation, which was done by researchers from Augusta University

Read also: How to Make the Best Chocolate Chip Cookies in the World

The Baking Ingredient vs Inflammation

The 2018 study published in Journal of ImmunologyEat This Not That reports that the researcher was able to found that drinking a mixture of baking soda and water regularly, over some time aid in reducing inflammation which is related to certain conditions such as autoimmune diseases and rheumatoid arthritis. 

Yahoo! life adds that the researchers tested the theory from both humans and rats which allowed them to find out that after a two-week intake of the mixture, the baking soda engaged the immune cells known as macrophages to work on reducing inflammation. 

Dave Asprey also mentioned that the researchers notice another effect of baking soda in the body, which is signaling the spleen's mesothelial cells which prevent the organs in the body to rub with each other which causes inflammation. They add that the rubbing and inflammation trigger the immune system to perceive invasion by a foreign substance which is technically another organ. 

This information does not mean that you need to chug all the baking soda in your home and use them as a drink. However, Eat This Not That stresses that the mixture should not replace any medications. 

Yahoo! life furthers that baking soda has also been shown to manage other manifestations of a disease upset stomach, heartburn, canker sores, and even aid in delaying the beginning of kidney disease. 

Hearing this kind of news may give you an alternative in case you are sick of sipping that hot ginger or turmeric tea help inflammation go away. Here is how you can prepare the mixture for you to drink regularly. 

How to prepare the drink

Just like supplements, baking soda has the appropriate time for drinking. Dave Asprey mentions that drinking baking soda is ideal with an empty stomach. However, they note that taking it in the morning should not be done. They add that drinking it with food may make the food leak in the gut, that is why taking it one hour before or after lunch is ideal. 

Researchers stress in Eat This Not That that to prepare the drink in the study, the researchers combine 1/4 teaspoon of baking soda into 20 ounces of water. In real life, the experts suggest 1/8 teaspoon baking soda into a glass of water a few times a week. 

Yahoo! life mentions that considering the routine for two weeks but not long for one month. 

Who might have known that a well-known baking ingredient may help in inducing inflammation? Remember to bear in mind what the experts point out, such as never drinking the mixture with food, to avoid stomach discomfort just like what Yahoo! life reminds.  

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